When healthcare workers are fatigued, the safety of both patients and staff is compromised. This short article in the American Journal of Nursing reports on a recent webinar in which the Joint Commission distilled current research on fatigue, discussing its causes and symptoms and the various means of addressing the issue.
Ann Scott Blouin, a nurse and Executive Vice President of Customer Relations at the Joint Commission, led the discussion and highlighted that factors contributing to staff fatigue fall into three categories: organisation and management issues, the nature of the work and personal challenges. Fatigue has emotional, physical, and behavioural consequences, including lapses in attention, diminished reaction time, and reduced motivation.
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